Taxpayer-owned railway earns £208m

Press Association
East Coast train line
East Coast train line

The nationalised railway company operating the East Coast main line has returned £208.7 million to taxpayers as revenues soared, fuelling the debate over plans to return it to private hands.

Directly Operated Railways (DOR), which took over the running of the key London-Scotland route four years ago, saw the figure increase by 6.6% in the year to the end of March.